Coronavirus Information for the PLNU Community

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Intentionally Cultivated Care

Rest assured that PLNU is committed to serving you in any and all ways we can. Below are some of the ways we will provide mental, spiritual, financial, community, and overall support to our students in this season.

Loma Launch Groups

While we’re all waiting to return to campus, we have created a way for our freshmen students to develop real time, face-to-face connection and conversations with one another in small groups, similar to how you develop tight-knit relationships within your residential hall or floor. 

The focus will be on giving first-year students an opportunity to meet PLNU staff, create friendships with their fellow freshmen, and have greater ease in transitioning to campus life. 

In addition to digital connections, these cohorts will have opportunities to join in on regional gatherings that will be arranged for throughout the semester while we are remotely living and learning. We will be following distance practices when we gather and obeying any guidelines provided by the local jurisdiction.

Spiritual Life

Our Chapel theme for this year is Love Embodied. We are excited to journey together as a community and discover how we can become more like Christ, the one who shows us the way of love and calls us to do the same. 

Chapel will continue to be available through a variety of experiences and formats this year, including:

  • Live streamed services:
    • Monday Spiritual Life Practices led by campus pastors and student interns.
    • Wednesday Community Chapels exploring the Love Embodied Chapel theme
    • A new first year student focused offering called Fresh Fridays, which will include short compelling messages and breakout groups with Discipleship Ministry student leaders.
    • Timeout Chapels highlighting faith stories and student experiences.
  • A menu of options for spiritual growth and engagement through our new Chapel "class" on Canvas. 
  • Small group discussions, breakout sessions, and Bible studies.
  • Other opportunities to worship, pray, and connect through @plnuchapel on Instagram.

Chapel will still be required. However, given the uniqueness of navigating the complexities and challenges of a global pandemic, Chapel requirements will be reduced to 16 units for the Fall 2020 semester only, and will be able to be earned through a variety of different opportunities. More specific details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Student Life

We remain committed to a rich, well-rounded, and close-knit community experience no matter the format. Here are some of the ways you’ll be able to develop relationships with others, get involved, cultivate your interests, and simply have fun.

Wellness Center

The PLNU Wellness Center provides the following services for undergraduate students who experience stress, depression, and/or anxiety in this season:

  • LomaCare virtual, 24/7 on-demand counseling services
  • Virtual assessment of depression, anxiety, and other mental health related issues
  • Crisis intervention
  • Free, confidential individual counseling appointments  
  • WellTrack (interactive, self-help, psychoeducational modules, and more)
  • Referrals to local practitioners 
  • Support groups
  • Training and educational Workshops
  • Registered Dietitian consultations to help with:
    • Nutritional needs
    • Sports nutrition and performance 
    • General healthy eating and food choices
    • Strategies for managing food allergies, intolerances, or sensitivities

The Wellness Center will also provide the following medical services to undergraduate students:

  • LomaCare virtual, on-demand urgent care medical services
  • Referrals to Local Healthcare Providers

Graduate students and Adult Degree Completion students are welcome to contact PLNU’s Wellness Center for assistance with referrals for access to medical and counseling services through off-campus health care providers and community resources. 

If you would like to make a medical appointment call the Medical Triage Hotline: (619) 849-2280. 
For all other inquiries call the Wellness Front Desk at: (619) 849-2574.

Financial Support

We believe in the academic progress of our students that we want to do what is within our power to help you make it here. That’s why we decided that, in the event that PLNU moved to virtual instruction, a 10% reduced net tuition for traditional undergraduate students (not including room and board as well as fees) for the time that instruction must be virtual. Of course, room and board will not be charged. Additionally, if a student is enrolled full time in both fall and spring, they will receive one free Spring Mini-Term course in either January or February 2021 (a $1,500 value). On average, this will be a 20-25% reduction in tuition, room, and board, depending on the net bill and financial aid package.

  • Those who have already paid bills of tuition will be refunded 10% of net tuition for traditional undergraduate students on previous bills. 
  • When instruction returns face to face, the 10% reduction will no longer be applied to those who may choose to continue to opt for virtual instruction. 

In addition to allocating additional funding, we have launched a fundraising campaign specifically designed to support our most in-need students in this season.

Deferrals, Leaves of Absence, and Withdrawals

Academic progress is particularly important in these times, as there is not a wide variety of academic alternative options as community colleges are currently very impacted and many other universities are in the same situation as PLNU. ALL of higher education is adjusting to the realities COVID presses upon us. These are not unique to any one student. Our approach — and significant investment — has been in preparation for the possibility of disruption this fall. We are ready to accommodate all of our students in their effort to continue or begin their academic journey at PLNU. We will pivot back to being on campus, which we all want, as soon as we are able.

In addition, taking a semester away is not as simple as it sounds. Programs are architected across an assumed eight-semester rhythm across four years. Courses you need are available now, and may not be available in spring, which means it might not be possible to graduate within four years.

Before considering deferral or leave of absence, please read closely these policies, as they carry various consequences — financial, academic progress, etc.

  • Deferrals for First-Time Freshman Students:
    Deferrals are meant to accommodate life circumstances (such as a death in the family), not to take courses elsewhere. A student runs the risk of losing their “freshman status” if they take too many credits. "Returning” students must have less than 16 units in order to be treated — and aided — as a freshman (this would not apply to students who defer for one semester — they would keep their financial aid). Otherwise, they will be processed as a transfer student — including financial aid. A deferral can be no longer than one semester.
  • Deferrals and Leaves of Absence for Continuing Students:
    If a continuing student defers, they lose their merit scholarship. Merit scholarships require “continuous, full-time enrollment.” If a continuing student is given a leave of absence, they can retain their merit scholarship. Leaves of absence are to be granted for unique circumstances only, and must be approved by an academic committee. Also, a maximum of eight units can be taken by a student during a leave of absence.
  • Withdrawal
    A withdrawal will result in loss of all merit aid. A student who withdraws would need to re-apply, and re-admission would not be guaranteed.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

  • Questions regarding spiritual life and chapel can be directed to: Vice President for Spiritual Development Mary Paul (mpaul@pointloma.edu).
  • Questions regarding telehealth and other wellness resources can be directed to: sdwellnesscenter@pointloma.edu.
  • Questions regarding financial support can be directed to: sfs@pointloma.edu.